Coenwulf, King of Mercia 796-821 AD

East Anglia mint. Reverse is a stylized lozenge with a large cross at each angle extending to the rim beading; a “floating” cross is in front of the first letter of the moneyer’s name, Wodel. Extremely rare.

An extraordinary example of this late issue with a clear portrait and a boldly detailed reverse, the “thin” letters of the legends shallowly engraved, superbly struck on a flan of good metal and even showing full rim beading, ancient gray patina.